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UNICEF Corporate and Philanthropic Partnerships

Alwaleed Philanthropies

Immunization team in Lao

In April 2017, Alwaleed Philanthropies and UNICEF launched a US$50 million partnership to help achieve a world where no child dies from measles or is born with severe disabilities caused by rubella.

The investment from Alwaleed Philanthropies is providing vital funding to help UNICEF and its partners in the Measles & Rubella Initiative protect 51 million children through safe and effective vaccines. Already, the partnership has contributed to reaching more than 18 million children in 13 countries with life-saving vaccines. This includes reaching a million children in Somalia and the purchase of more than 700 000 doses of vaccine in Laos.

Find out more about how Alwaleed Philanthropies is supporting UNICEF's work in this partnership film:


A journey towards eliminating two diseases

More than 300 children still die every day from measles—one of the most contagious diseases ever known.  It spreads more easily than flu or Ebola, so quickly that each person with measles can infect up to 18 others if they have not been vaccinated. It is a life-threatening disease in countries with poor access to medical care and where children are often malnourished.

Rubella is the leading infectious cause of congenital birth defects. If a pregnant woman gets rubella during the first three months of pregnancy, there is a 90% chance her baby will be born with Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS). Globally, over 100,000 babies are born each year with CRS.

We can stop the spread of measles and rubella by ensuring that everyone is fully immunized against these diseases. Measles and rubella vaccines have been used for approximately 50 years because they work, are extremely safe, effective and inexpensive, making them some of the best investments in public health.


HRH Princess Lamia helps vaccinate a child

Reaching 51 million children

Since 2001, UNICEF and its partners have helped reach more than 2 billion children around the world with immunization against measles and rubella. However, there is a significant funding gap to meet the needs of the most vulnerable children. Alwaleed Philanthropies’ generous contribution will allow UNICEF to deliver approximately 57 million doses of measles containing vaccines, directly reaching 51 million vulnerable children in 14 countries.

As well as vaccine procurement, the funds support immunization operations for outreach, capacity building/training, supply chain assistance, transport and logistics to reach children in often remote locations. The partnership will also support innovation and research in vaccine administration through micro-needle patch technology. This technology has “game changing” potential for measles/rubella elimination by removing the need for needle injections and qualified health workers.

Impact so far

To date, the partnership has contributed to the immunization of more than 18 million children. This includes 1 million in Somalia and 700 000 in Laos. Funding from Al Waleed Philanthropies has also enabled the training of about 5000 health workers, teachers and national officers.

Countries benefiting from the project include Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Liberia, Nigeria, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, South Africa and Ukraine.

“The number of children around the world still suffering from measles and rubella is astonishing – but what is more astonishing is how easy it is to prevent these diseases through safe and effective vaccines,” said HRH Princess Lamia, Secretary General and member of the Board of Trustees at Alwaleed Philanthropies, at the launch of the partnership.

About Alwaleed Philanthropies

Alwaleed Philanthropies supports and initiates projects that contribute to a more compassionate, tolerant and accepting world. The Foundation collaborates with a range of philanthropic, government and educational organizations on projects and initiatives that focus on empowering women and youth, developing communities, creating cultural understanding and providing disaster relief.




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